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Shkodran Mustafi: This is what Arsene Wenger told me to convince me to move to Arsenal


New Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says manager Arsene Wenger kept insisting to sign him and made him feel wanted.

The Germany international is the Frenchman's fifth summer signing and joins Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano, Rob Holding and Lucas Perez in what was a very busy summer window for the North Londoners.

He will fill the void left empty by Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista who both suffered injuries in pre-season.

"Really it was the interest [from Arsene Wenger who convinced me to join]," he told the club's official website.

"When a club comes in and shows interest, and it's a club like Arsenal, that makes you feel special.

"When I heard of the interest and I saw people trying to get me here - and the situation wasn't the easiest one - but when you see that people really want to get you here, it gives the feeling that you're really wanted. That's why I'm here right now.

"I know that for people who watch football and live football, waiting for new signings isn't easy sometimes.

"All the signings know there are a lot of things going on in the transfer, so you have to make sure you do everything good to have a good start. That's what we did. We tried to take our time, do everything the best way you can do it and then start this episode here correctly."

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